Eugene Ballet Academy offers a Pre-Professional Program specifically designed for advanced level classical ballet students not yet eligible for the Aspirant Program because of age and/or proficiency. Close contact with Eugene Ballet Company provides students with several educational advantages including professional performing opportunities, the opportunity to work with guest teachers and choreographers, and to experience a unique perspective of the daily challenges in the life of a professional dancer.
Pre-Professional students are required to participate in Academy classes and Eugene Youth Ballet rehearsals and performances throughout the season. In addition, students may attend Eugene Ballet Company ballet classes while the Company is in residence. During specific weeks throughout the season, Pre-Professional Program students may join Aspirants to participate in classes and rehearsals with guest choreographers/stagers, as well as perform in Aspirant performance programs.
Acceptance to the Pre-Professional Program is through selection and Eugene Ballet Academy Director’s approval. Students not enrolled in Eugene Ballet Academy and seeking acceptance are required to submit references and audition (or submit a DVD or youtube link for those unable to audition in person).
The Aspirant Program
The Aspirant Program focuses on intense regular interaction with Eugene Ballet Company, where students study, rehearse and gain professional experience in a professional setting. Close contact with Eugene Ballet Company provides Aspirants with several educational advantages including the opportunity of accelerated training at the company level and integration into the daily training, rehearsal and performance of ballets associated with Eugene Ballet Company.
Aspirants are cast in Eugene Ballet Company’s repertory throughout the year. Additionally, during Eugene Ballet Company lay off weeks, Aspirants will continue with ballet technique classes and rehearsals with guest choreographers/stagers, learning their own ballets/dance works. Aspirants participate in their own performing program at various venues and events throughout the season (regional tours, Wildish Theater performance, Northwest Dance Festival performance).
The Aspirant Program follows Eugene Ballet Academy’s season calendar—September through April—with a one-week pre-season training intensive in September and an optional post-season training in May. Aspirants receive an education equipment stipend of $1,200 for the season and an allotment of shoes for each term.
Selection to the Aspirant Program is through audition.
For more information on Eugene Ballet Company’s Open Auditions click here.